Parts Of The Whole: The Virtue of Books

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Numeracy, Vol: 5, Issue: 2

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Wallace, Dorothy
University of South Florida Libraries
quantitative literacy; numeracy; education management; Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration; Science and Mathematics Education
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This column argues that the majority of commercial textbooks do not serve students well. Strategies for change include clearly distinguishing the textbook requirements of different priority subjects and assembling writers who can address, in addition to content development, the cognitive level of the children as well as writing in an age-appropriate way. A discussion of the forces that produce current texts leads to the recommendation that textbooks be a focus of research and improvement rather than the byproduct of an individual’s lecture notes.